Forces finalise census security plan

Faisalabad

The Police Department and other relevent forces have finalised security plan for population census, scheduled to start in Faisalabad from March 15, 2017. Police spokesman Amir Waheed said here Monday that more than 1,500 policemen, including 284 sub-inspectors/ assistant sub-inspectors and 15 inspectors, have been deputed for the census staff security.
All the station house officers, mobile officers and eagle squad have also been directed to remain alert round-the-clock during census drive and immediate steps should be taken to avert any untoward incident before its occurrence.
He said that City Police Officer (CPO) Afzaal Kausar will personally check the security conditions in the district and strict action would be taken against those who will be found involved in any delinquency, negligence or lethargy.
Mranwhile, Saeedur Rehman, Assistant Census Commissioner told from Peshawar on Monday that all arrangements have been completed for population census, being held after gap of 19 years in Khyber Pakthunkhwa and FATA, the last being held in 1998. The last four census were held in 1951, 1961, 1971 and 1981 respectively.
In the first phase, 13 KP districts and one FATA Agency have been selected for the census, which will end on April 13 and the second phase will commence from April 25 to May 24, 2017. The 13 districts are Peshawar, Mardan, Swabi, Charsadda, Nowshera, Lakki Marwat, DI Khan, Hangu, Abbottabad, Haripur, Mansehra, Batagram, Torghar and Orakzai Agency.
In the second phase, census would be held in 12 KP districts including Bannu, Kohat, Karak, Tank, Malakand, Upper Dir, Lower Dir, Chitral, Swat, Kohistan, Bunner/Daggar, Shangla and six tribal agencies namely Mohmand Agency, Khyber Agency, Kurram Agency, Bajaur Agency, South Wazir Agency and North Waziristan Agency.
Meanwhile, a meeting presided over by Commissioner of Dera Ismail Khan circle Dr Akhtar Nazir Warriach recently reviewed arrangements with regard to peaceful conduct of the new population census in the district like its process would start at same time from March 15 at rest parts of the country.
The sources added all out efforts were being made to conduct the Population Census in the district including FATA in a peaceful environment and make the entire process a complete success as it played important role in formulating future policies and development plans of a country, he added.
The Population Census process would continue in the district from March 15 to March 31 in collaboration and coordination of Pak-Army officials and tribal elders and the exercise would include House listing for three days while over the remaining 11 days population census would be conducted.
The second phase, it was told, would continue from April 15 to April 30 and for this purpose, the district and FATA had been divided in 1073 blocks. During the recent review meeting the commissioner said the concerned staff had been imparted proper training and all relevant material was being supplied to perform the entire process in effective manner, directing all the concerned departments to come forward and cooperate for peaceful conduct of the new population census in district.
He also directed the departments to refrain from transfers and postings of concerned staff to ensure transparency and ensure holding of awareness-raising workshops among masses in constituencies of elected representatives about Population and Housing census, its merits and role with regard to the country’socio-economic development.
He said that these workshops would help encourage people to come up and enlist names of their families more willingly. He said steps had been taken to provide foolproof security cover to the deployed staff of the census and in this regard, there was strong coordination between the law enforcement forces, he added. All arrangements have been finalized for conducting census from March 15 in the district.
According to schedule, house census will be held from March 15 to 17 and population census will be observed from March 18 to 27 while nomads and shelter less persons will be counted on March 28.—APP

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